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      (Previous: Economy) (Introduction and Table of Contents) We have seen that who gets how much of what is a political decision: that the economy and economics is downstream from politics. Power is the ability to make people do what you want, or not do what you don’t want. Ideology determines what the good life is and power determines who lives it. All politica […]
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What the hell was that last night?!?

Fifteen minutes of the rock’em sock’em robots was all I could take before it became less of a legitimate “debate” and more of a spectacle.

I don’t know if anything can stop Trump at this point and I’m not even going to try to talk people out of voting for him. Your vote is your own. No one else is entitled to it and no one else should play psychological manipulative mind tricks on you to try to force you thru the cattle shute. Same with Bernie voters. We like Bernie. If you don’t want to vote for Hillary  right now, or even ever, that’s ok. I’m not going to invalidate your anger, frustration or desire to live in a better America.

But I will say this to Trump voters and this is just my opinion: Trump seems very motivated by winning but not so much by governing.

Let’s say he wins. We are the biggest, scariest superpower on the planet. There are many areas of the world that depend on us remaining strong and stable both economically and militarily. Whether or not you feel the establishment has let you down, and I would argue that it has, for everyone, the entity that is called The United States of America still has to function to keep the world steady. We have our fingers in too many pies to not keep it together.

So, the next president is going to have to be good at many different things, not just winning

In the past two decades, the establishment that we all love to hate, has done a really good job of preventing true agents of change from making it to the White House. Or they’ve obstructed that person or persons.

If you really want to take them down, concentrate your efforts at winning back Congress and the Supreme Court.

Divided government isn’t working. It’s impoverishing the middle class and making the world poorer and less safe for everyone.

To effect true change, let one party take control for four years. If you really like the idea of a government that serves the few and focuses almost exclusively on military activities and protecting the rich, vote Republican. If you want some semblance of normalcy with a functioning government, less war and getting back what you put into your work, vote Democratic.

But please look past just winning for winning’s sake. We need a path forward.